Tuesday, July 29, 2008


The ACUMEME e-HEALTH AWARD is given to Canadian Healthcare delivery organization that has successfully extended e-Health application(s) that further our national objective of a comprehensive, interoperable, and transferrable electronic health record (EHR.) The Award promotes and recognizes the exchange of best practices within the field of e-Health.

ACUMEME is pleased to announce the 2008 e-HEALTH AWARD WINNER is the Rapid Electronic Access to Clinical Health Information (REACH) EHR Viewer Initiative in the Province of Ontario’s Local Health Integration Network’s 5 and 6 respectively. Constituent Hospitals include the Credit Valley Hospital, Halton Healthcare Services, and William Osler Health, Headwaters Health, and Trillium Health Centre.

REACH is shaping the future of patient care in Canada. As the first Integrated LHIN’s, REACH extends a seamless (“read-only”) connection to critical patient information aggregated from multiple vendors and multiple sites. For over 1.8 million Canadians residing in LHIN’s 5&6 this ensures their historical patient data is available along the entire continuum of care---regardless of geographical location. Utilizing state of the art clinical portal technology (provided by vendor MEDSEEK,) the REACH platform intuitively weaves together all existing clinical data and services from 11 Hospital sites into one intuitive, unified, patient-centric view at the point of care. When Physicians, hospitals, labs, pharmacies, clinicians, consumers, and researchers are connected through integrated IT systems—healthcare delivery is safer, more efficient, and value-driven.

REACH promises to have a significant effect on patient safety and wasteful duplication, while extending Canadian’s a regional care system where privacy, security, and confidentiality are respected and easily moderated. Congratulations to REACH (and its member constituents) for winning ACUMEME’s 2008 e-HEALTH AWARD.

Additional information on the REACH EHR Initiative.

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